2016 Pantone Colors of the Year

Have you been waiting to see what colors are hot for 2016? Ta-da!  They are Rose Quartz and Serenity. According to the Pantone Color Institute, this year’s color picks are a much softer take on color than we’ve been seeing in jewel tones that have, and still are, popular.

Who/what is Pantone? The Pantone Color Institute provides color trend forecasting, brand color development supported by brand color stories, and product palette development. They help companies make the most informed decisions about color for their brands or products to gain a competitive edge. (MORE on who they are.)

They do go beautifully together.

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Apartment Therapy, a lifestyle blog and publishing company focused on home design and decor, says “Once people get over the baby nursery comments, I think we’ll see a wealth of possibility for design and interiors. We’ve seen pastels emerge in a powerful and modern way in recent years. On its own, pink has almost become a new neutral that, when paired with other colors, has a range of moods and associations.

So … blending the two colors, that’s a nice option.

Here is what Pantone has to say about their picks: “As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.

Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.”

Of course, consumers will have the ultimate say on whether the colors merit all this attention. Do you respond well to Pantone’s choice? Or, in the language of dollars, will you incorporate the two into your home in this upcoming year, or will you be waiting instead for 2017?